Will The iPhone 5 Support Voice Recognition, Skype, Verizon, and AT&T?
Commenters to my blog post “The Latest iPhone 5 Rumor Roundup” last week raised some interesting questions regarding the iPhone 5. One wrote:
“Will [the iPhone 5] include standard voice recognition for sending text and email messages? How about Swype? (sic. I think you meant Skype?) With Verizon service will it work globally?”
Another commenter asked:
“Will iPhone 5 be available on Verizon and AT&T provider networks?”
I thought that the answers to these two questions would make for an informative blog post on some of the possible new iPhone 5 features, as well as some of the voice recognition technology that’s already out there for the iPhone
I’ll do my best to answer.
The short answer to the second question is easy: yes and yes. The iPhone 5 will presumably supercede the iPhone 4 and become the standard model offered by all supporting service providers. At present, that means AT&T and Verizon, with rumors that even Sprint could land the iPhone 5 as well.
Voice Recognition Technology for the iPhone 5
Now on to the voice recognition issue. That’s a topic that interests me personally, because I’m a relatively heavy user of voice-recognition software––namely Dragon Dictate 2.0.2 at present. In fact, I’m using it right now to compose this blog.
I’ve heard nothing specific about standard voice recognition on the iPhone 5. I wouldn’t rule it out, but wouldn’t count on it either. Happily, there are already voice recognition solutions that you can use even on an iPhone 4, And they’re free.
Dragon Dictation 2.0 is an easy-to-use voice recognition application that is powered by the same Dragon NaturallySpeaking dictation engine that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text content for everything from email messages to blog posts on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. The developer Nuance claims that it’s it’s up to five times faster than typing on the iPhone virtual keyboard. I can certainly attest that using Dragon Dictate on my Mac is a lot faster than typing.
Dragon Dictation 2.0 features a pop-up toolbar with app icons that allow you to speak status updates and send them directly to Facebook or Twitter, or speak any text and send it directly to the text messaging client or clipboard — all without leaving the Dragon Dictation app client. Dragon Dictation 2.0 also features an Auto Save function that automatically saves your dictated text when interrupted by an incoming phone call.
Nuance also has made available on the Apple App Store the iOS4-compatible Dragon Search mobile application that enables users to speak searches that are returned from a variety of content sources including Google, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, iTunes, YouTube and Twitter via the Dragon Search Carousel. Both Dragon Dictation 2.0 and Dragon Search immediately available for free on the Apple App Store for a limited time.
To learn more, visit:
Google also offers a free voice-recognition application called Google Mobile App for iPhone that lets you enter search queries by voice. To get the latest version of Google Mobile App for iPhone, go to the App Store and search for “Google Mobile App.”
Google Mobile App Features
• Search by voice
– Speak your queries instead of typing.
• Google Goggles
– Use pictures to search the web.
• My Location
– Avoid typing your current location while searching for nearby businesses (e.g. “pizza” or “best buy”).
• Google Suggest
– Tap suggested queries or local businesses that appear as you type.
• Search history
– Quickly search again for queries you recently performed.
• Contact search
– Search your phone’s contacts.
• Vertical search
– Search Google Maps, Images, News, and Shopping.
• Links to Google applications – Quickly navigate to other Google services, such as Maps and Gmail.
You can learn more about the new Google Mobile App for iPhone on the Google mobile blog here:
and by watching this overview video at this site:
or by visiting here:
Skype for the iPhone 5
Now Skype. Verizon Wireless and Skype are partners in a a global mobile calling community. The Skype mobile product enhances Verizon Wireless’ smartphones for users who have data plans by offering an alternative way to make calls around the globe. Up to the present, since Verizon has not been an iPhone service provider, there has of course been no iPhone support for Skype or anything else on their network. I’m presuming this will change with the Verizon iPhone launch on February 10 or shortly thereafter, and that it will support the iPhone 5 when the time comes.
In the meantime, Skype is Already available for the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4, as well as the iPad and iPod touch, and it’s a pretty safe assumption that it will support the iPhone 5 as well when that product becomes available.
With Skype on your iPhone you can make and receive calls, and instant message anyone else on Skype, wherever they are in the world. You can also save on international calls and text messages to phones, call your Skype contacts wherever you may be, either on 3G or WiFi, And it’s completely free to call people on Skype over WiFi or 3G, although in certain instances operator charges may apply. If your contacts abroad aren’t on Skype, you can still reach them and save with Skype via long distance although tolls will apply, and you can call and text phones anywhere in the world directly from your phonebook.
For more information on Skype for iPhone, visit;
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* Free calls to other fring users worldwide
* Free live chat (no more expensive SMS)
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